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I’m a good witch!

Hello gorgeous!  How do I love thee, let me count the ways…

I just got my precious Urban Decay Oz palettes, and I was so excited to play!  The Glinda pallete, sweet, light and playful good witch, is filled with ethereal violets, iridescent pinks, and gold tons that are sure to set your eyes a glow.

This set, one of two in the series, contains 6 shades meant to invoke the innocence of the white witch, as well as a mini Rockstar eyeliner, and a High Gloss lipcolor in Glinda (a light sheer nude).

The great thing about this palettes is that the packaging is sturdy, in a metal container that snaps shut.  Made with Urban Decay’s Build Your Own palette format, you can swap out colors until you get the perfect set for you.  You can also refill them as you use them up with any of the build your own singles.  Love!

This limited edition collectible set has eight all new and exclusive eye shadows in six pans (there are two split pans).  Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. 
This set contains the following eyeshadows:

  • Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer)
  • Aura (iridescent white with blue shift and iridescent white with red shift)
  • Magic (pinkish purple with golden shimmer)
  • Illusion (pale peach satin)
  • Oz (gold with gold glitter and silver with silver glitter)
  • South (warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter)

I must say, I love it!  What do you think?

Available at Sephora and for $49


Happy Anniversary!

That’s right, it’s Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary!  They have been celebrating all year with limited edition sets of gorgeousness, and this time around it is the 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection.  This limited edition palette has 15 all new shades, and it served up in a beautiful metal container, with a filigree cover, in a velvet box.

I am in LOVE with this set!  The colors, like all UD shadows, and silky and finely milled.  They are super highly pigmented and have fantastic color payoff in the darker shades.  Some of the lighter shades are hard to see and are a bit of a let down, but that’s a minor gripe.

This palette is $55, but you can hope for a sale.  It’s currently sold out at Sephora, but still available at Urban Decay.  The all new shades are, from top left down:

Column 1:  Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, Flow, Chase

Column 2:  Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End

Column 3:  Deeper, M.I.A, ACE, Blackout, Half Truth

I am still exploring Urban Decay, but I am loving the staying power of the products.  From the 24/7 shadow pencils & Liners, to the coveted Naked Palette, they delivery.


Please ignore the double chin…and the frizzy hair.  egads!

Today I wore Midnight 15 all over my lid, with Half Truth in the crease,  I blended out with Vanilla, and used Stray Dog 24/7 liner over MUFE’s Diamond Black Purple liquid liner.

Buxom Lip Tarnish in Busted on lips.

Dare to go Naked! **GIVEAWAY OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 31st**

Naked, nude, natural, neutral.  Any way you look at it, the naked look is in, and it’s hear to stay.  The classic every day looks you can get from any neutral palette, and the vampy evening looks they can morph in to make these all in one kits fabulous ways to carry you makeup counter with you.

I personally have and am madly in love with the Urban Decay Naked Palette.  I really love it.  Really.  That little 12 pan palette doesn’t look like much when you spy it on the Sephora shelves, but it packs a mighty punch.  These shadows have excellent coverage and pigmentation, and go on creamy and smooth.  The addition of a super high quality brush, that doubles as a crease brush when on it’s side, plus a little UDPP makes this a great value.  I purchased this from Sephora and is my go to kit for travelling because I can make so many looks out of it.  I pack my favorite UD 24/7 liner (Corrupt) with me, and bit of mascara and I’m off!  With a dozen colors but limitless combinations, you can be mild and meek or vampy and vivacious!

That doesn’t. however, stop me from coveting some of the competitors:

Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy (9 pans) - $36

NYX Nude on Nude (20 pans plus 10 lipcolors) - $25

Stila Natural Eyes (10 pans) - $39

NYX Nude on Nude (20 pans plus 10 lipcolors) - $25

Giveaway time!

So, tell me.   how do YOU get naked?  What Is your favorite nude look combo?  What is your favorite nude palette?  How do you get a soft and neutral look?

Leave your faves in the comments below and enter to win a special neutral treat! (sorry, no…I can’t afford to donate a Naked Palette lol but you never know what you might get!)


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Good luck!

Here’s one Saturday look I created with the Naked Palette:


  • Mally Poreless Prep Primer
  • Laura Gellar B&B in Regular
  • Laura Gellar Real Deal Concealer in Medium
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten
  • Finishing off with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder on the t-zone


  • UDPP in Eden
  • UD Naked lash to crease
  • UD Hustle in Crease
  • UD Virgin to highligh
  • UD 24/7 pencil in Corrupt smudged out
  • Mally everycolor shadow pencil in Chestnut
  • Benefit Real Deal Mascara


  • Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Vivacious

Enjoy and can’t wait to read about your dare to go bare!

Decay, Urbanly

Another sale to put on your radar!  I can’t live without my UD 24/7 liners & shadow pencils, so now is a great time to stock up. during Urban Decay‘s Friends & Family Sale.  Just use code FFSUMMER11 at checkout.

25% off until July 10th!  Holy cow!  That’s better than Sephora F&F!  Maybe Urban Cowboy or Urban Bride?  I am getting a few things for sure!

Happy shopping!


Gettin’ buzzed!

Are you feeling it?  Bzz bzz.  That’s the buzz of a released kit from Bare Escentuals, called Buzzworthy. This kit got a ton of great press last year when it was first released, and as it was recently re-released during the May QVC shows, I decided to pick it up.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • A unique, double-ended lipstick and lipgloss duo, with Sticky Buns stick, and Muffin Top gloss (only available in this kit)
  • Well-Rested for Eyes (eyeshadow size).  Now I have at least 3 other containers of Well Rested but this little gem is a genius.  It’s a creamy yellow color, and while it started it’s life as an eyeshadow, it’s an amazing multi tasker that fights both redness and dark circles.  I have an extra large container and use it every day!  Ever had a red nose from allergies or a cold?  Well Rested is your cover.
  • Glee Radiance all over face color.  I have a large jar of Glee AOFC from a million years ago, but this is slightly different.  The Radiance is a dewy soft look, while my old Glee is more of a pop of color.  Love this!
  • High-Shine Charisma eyeshadow (only available in this kit), a pink champagne shade.  Sparkle baby, sparkle!  This is the previous packaging for the high shine formula, and honestly, I prefer it.  Those spring loaded tubes are TERRIBLE.  I will be reviewing the colors I have shortly.  The formula is not as chunky as the Extreme Glimmers, and not as creamy as the regular shadow.  It’s somewhere in between, with noticeable glitter.
  • Popular eyeshadow, a plum shimmer shade.  I’ve heard a lot about this shade, which is a reddish plum.  Some people find it a bit hard to wear, but I think if you do it right, it’s gorgeous!

All of this is $36 and is a QVC exclusive.  Considering that each eyeshadow is normally $13, and the high shines are now $16, you are getting a great value – essentially, the Glee and Lipstick are free.

Clockwise from top left: Popular, Eye Bright, Restore, High Shine Charisma

From left, foiled on bottom dry on top: Restore, Popular, High Shine Charisma, Eye Bright



Today, I started with Benefit Primed and Poreless primer, followed by Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation in Golden Fair.  I spot concealed with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, followed by Well Rested to hide some redness.

For my eyes, I used the flathead shadow brush to pat high Shine Charisma from lid to crease, buffing it off the brownbone a bit.  Next, I added Popular in the outer 1/3 of the eye.  For definition, I added Restore to the crease (this is from the Naturally Luminous collection), popped the inner corner with Eye Bright, and lined with Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 liner and some mascara.

I added a pop to my cheeks with original Glee, followed by a sweep of the Glee Radiance, and used the lipgloss.

I really enjoy the colors in this kit, and it can be strong for evenigns, or light for summer days.

Don’t miss out, order yours today at QVC!




A MAC Daddy Haul!

When I was a teenager (ok all the way through college) I was a MAC whore. I wore nothing but MAC, good bad ugly and the rest.  I went away from makeup for a long time, but recently, while passing through a town to the North, I stopped by the CCO.  For those of you who don’t know, CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) is an outlet store for Estee Lauder brands including Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and yes – MAC.

While I was browsing, I came across last holiday season’s “Highland Fling” collections.  Priced at $45 (Nordstroms), I paid $34.95 for the gift sets which contained a paint pot, a mineralize eye shadow duo, mini mascara, and lipglass in a cute Tartan plaid tin.  There were two kits, My Scottish Fling and Swinging Violets that I snatched up.  There was a third kit that I didn’t get, but I might run back and get that too; this is a screaming value, since the paint pot and eyeshadow alone are over $30.

I played with them today and am wearing:

  • UDPP in Eden
  • Paint Pot in Fresco Rose (limited edition)
  • Pink Split Mineralize eyeshadow duo (dark) in outer 1/3
  • Earthy Riches Mineralize Eyeshadow (grey) in crease
  • Paint Pot in Bare Study on brow bone
  • MAC Zoomlash Mascara
  • BE Frills as liner


Paint Pots: Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Stila Kitten, Painterly, Fresco Rose

kit contents


I really love paint pots.  I could have gotten away without a primer, but since I was wearing some very loose shadows, I wore one anyway.  These waterproof cream shadows make an ideal base instead of primer or with primer, and are very creamy and blendable until dried.  Once dried, they are stay proof and fairly creaseless.   I currently own Painterly and Soft Ocre and use them and all over bases often, since they smooth out the texture and color of my eyeslids.

L to R: Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Stila Kitten, Painterly, Fresco Rose

Stila came out with smudge pots, which are similar, but I find that smudge pots are better used as liners.  However, i included a swatch of Kitten here because it’s very close to Bare Study, just a bit pinker.

Fresco Rose is a beautiful deep rose shade that is a funn all over lid color.

MAC consistantly puts out beautifully holiday collections, and this is no esception  This was an excelent value, and I’m a bit of a CCO stalker now – because you never know what might show up there!  I love purples, and these colors are soft, and can be smoky or not.  Perfect for blue eyes.

The tin itself is a great size for lip pencils and eye pencils, which helps out my messy storage area.

Mascara:  Defines and seperates, no clumping!  This mascara is gorgeous.  I will definately be buying a full size tube – 5 stars

Mineralize Duos:  Can get muddy, hard to seperate the colors of the Earthy Riches – 4 stars

Paint Pots:  Tried and tested – 5 stars!

Over all:  4.5 stars.  This kit was a good deal at $49 but for the outlet price its a STEAL.

Happy MACing!



I dare to go Naked!

It’s back!  The uber coveted massively popular Urban Decay Naked Palette has made its way back to Sephora stores.  This is a universally flattering collection of browns, tans, taupes, and a grey that can create millions of combinations from day time neutral to evening shimmer.

Combine these with your favorite eyeliner, and you have a powerful tool that you can pop in your purse and carry with you.

At $48, it might seem like an indulgance, but you are getting 12 full size eyeshadows and a deluxe eyeshadow brush, plus a mini Urban Decay Primer potion in original.  This could easily be over $100 in product.

I personally held off buying this forever because I have a ton of neutral looking shadows.  I finally caved and I had to snatch one up when there was a sale and an Ebates offer and I had a VIB discount, and I must say – even with all the hype – I LOVE it.

There are 12 shadows:

  • Highlighters of Virgin, Sin (shimmer), and Naked

  • Midtones of Sidecar (shimmer), Buck, Half Baked (shimmer),Smog (shimmer)
  • Contours of Dark Horse, Toasted (shimmer), Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

They are creamy, and highly pigmented shadows with great staying power.

There are endless possibilities and the kit now comes with a high quality flat tapered shadow brush that allows you to have full coverage and also definition, as well as a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original.

Today I am wearing UDPP in Eden

  • Virgin patted all over lid to brow
  • Sin on lid
  • Buck on outer third
  • Hustle in the crease
  • and a touch of gunmetal in the crease
  • My  other addition and addiction are the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, which stay put and have amazing color payoff.  Today I am wearing Corrupt, a rich dark brown.
  • Mally Mascara.
  • I am also wearing Josie Maran Matchmaker foundation
  • Mally Poreless Finishing Powder

The pictures make it look a touch more sparkling than it shows in person, but this is the PERFECT kit fi you buy no other.

It’s a one stop shop, and packs up neatly and easily.

Get thee to Sephora!

Feeling TARTEy!

Today, I decided to go for an all (well, mostly) Tarte look, using the 8th Wonder of the World Collection from QVC.

  • Mally Poreless Perfection Primer
  • Monistat Anti Chafing Gel on the nose (hey!  It’s cheap and it’s a GREAT silicone primer!)  In fact, the active ingredient, Dimethicone, is the primary ingredient in most silicone based primers.  I swatched L’oreal, BE and Smashbox primers on my hand, along with Monistat.  They are ALL clear silicone primers and all function the same way, more or less.  I will say that the Mally primer is not the best for mineral makeup, but works wonders for cream powders or liquid makeup.  I find that the BE primers and also another fave, the Benefit Primed & Poreless work wonderfully for BE foundation.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light
  • UDPP in Eden
  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot as base
  • Tarte Shimmering Sand patted on lid and sweeped over lid
  • Tarte Shimmering Plum in the outer 1/3 of eye
  • Tarte Shimming Cocoa in crease
  • Tarte Emphasize Eyes eyeliner in Golden Plum
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Glisten
  • Tarte Pure optic Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Golden Pink
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara

This is definately a great collection, and I can’t wait for the next Auto Delivery in June!